The art of recruiting is trying to uncover a few diamonds in the rough. Maryland has literally found one this year, as Diamond Stone has declared he'll be attending the school, per his Twitter page.
Stone is a 6'10", 246-pound center from Dominican High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He's a 5-star recruit, according to 247Sports, which ranks him as the No. 5 player in the country, the No. 2 center overall and the top player from the state of Wisconsin.
He was excellent for the school in the 2013 season, averaging 16.9 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while being named to the 2013 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American first team.
ESPN Insider offered the following scouting report on the player:
Stone is a very skilled post player. He can score with his back to the basket with jump hooks with either hand, power drop step and turn shots. He can face and straight line drive and knock down the open 3 with time from the trail spot or wing. He is a good area rebounder and on ball shot blocker as well. Stone has great hands and very good footwork for his size. Stone is a good teammate and a willing and good passer. He is also very unselfish.
While Stone will need to improve some areas of his game, like ensuring his motor remains high consistently throughout a game and polishing his post moves, he's clearly one of the truly elite prospects in the 2015 class and should have an instant impact on the college level.
Plus, if Stone continues to improve his game on the perimeter, he'll be nearly impossible for opposing defenders to guard. His ability to post up players, hit shots from distance or pick the open pass gives him the potential to be a uniquely gifted talent in the college ranks.
In other words, landing him was a huge coup for Mark Turgeon.
Recruit star ratings and rankings via 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.